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You are finally on the bridge that leads to your destination; an unspoken wonder and a land with secrets. Your first glimpse is of a town set in the backdrop of river Yamuna, a town elevated on mounts of mud, brewing with vegetation, a lone tower faintly visible and bustling local life. This is a simple scene but has a strange charm to it that draws one towards it.

Kalpi, a small town set on the banks of a mighty river, Yamuna, may give an illusion of a common rural place but if you look beyond, you will find a fascinating town long deprived of its well-deserved importance. Most people hardly know this place exists and many of those who have heard of it consider it to be just a town craving for development. To know the true value of this place you need time, patience, proper communication with the locals and obviously exploration.

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Kalpi, a town said to be protected by Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, was founded by King Vasudev, a king from Kannauj in 4th century. It became a centre of Hindu culture and Aryan civilisation and was also prominent in Buddhist period. Chandelas ruled here during 8th and 9th century. It fell into Muslim hands in 1196 and its reigns circulated from Ghoris to Sayyids to Lodis to Mughals and finally to British hands.

Kalpi has witnessed its own share of history. According to the Vishnu-Purana, Ved Vyas, the composer of Mahabharata was born on an island at Kalpi. Birbal, the famous courtier and minister of King Akbar was also born here. Kalpi is also one of the battlegrounds where Rani Laxmibai and Tatya Tope fought against the British but were defeated by Sir Huge Rose and his army. Some people say that the ancient Ganesh temple here, is also the place where Rani Laxmibai left her son for safe-keeping. The tunnel through which Rani Laxmibai fled to Gwalior is situated here, near the Yamuna bank. Kalpi also participated in the freedom movement under Dewan Shatrughan Singh.

The town is a hub of ancient mosques and temples and many monumental structures. The Kalpi fort with 9-feet thick walls, Chaurasi Gumbad(84 domes) with its architectural geniuses, the 225 ft high Lanka tower built from Cowries, pulses and saffron and Shree Darwaza are the main attractions.

Besides its rich untold history Kalpi also has reserved ravine forests and rich fauna. Peacocks form a major part of wildlife here. A marked territory of land is also said to house poisonous snakes and peacocks. Kalpi is one of those places where black magic is still followed. Owing to excellent observational conditions, Kalpi was one of the places from where scientists from all over India observed the total solar eclipse of 24th October, 1995.

Today, Kalpi has become a major handmade industry of north India and is also famous for its food especially its “Gabadde ka Halwa “made by boiling milk in a thick bottomed pan.

With its rich history, flora and fauna, and sweet delicacies Kalpi is one place worthy of due attention.

You are finally on the bridge that leads to your destination; an unspoken wonder and a land with secrets. Your first glimpse is of a town set in the backdrop of river Yamuna, a town elevated on mounts of mud, brewing with vegetation, a lone tower faintly visible and bustling local life. This is a simple scene but has a strange charm to it that draws one towards it.

Kalpi, a small town set on the banks of a mighty river, Yamuna, may give an illusion of a common rural place but if you look beyond, you will find a fascinating town long deprived of its well-deserved importance. Most people hardly know this place exists and many of those who have heard of it consider it to be just a town craving for development. To know the true value of this place you need time, patience, proper communication with the locals and obviously exploration.

Kalpi, a town said to be protected by Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, was founded by King Vasudev, a king from Kannauj in 4th century. It became a centre of Hindu culture and Aryan civilisation and was also prominent in Buddhist period. Chandelas ruled here during 8th and 9th century. It fell into Muslim hands in 1196 and its reigns circulated from Ghoris to Sayyids to Lodis to Mughals and finally to British hands.download (1)

Kalpi has witnessed its own share of history. According to the Vishnu-Purana, Ved Vyas, the composer of Mahabharata was born on an island at Kalpi. Birbal, the famous courtier and minister of King Akbar was also born here. Kalpi is also one of the battlegrounds where Rani Laxmibai and Tatya Tope fought against the British but were defeated by Sir Huge Rose and his army. Some people say that the ancient Ganesh temple here, is also the place where Rani Laxmibai left her son for safe-keeping. The tunnel through which Rani Laxmibai fled to Gwalior is situated here, near the Yamuna bank. Kalpi also participated in the freedom movement under Dewan Shatrughan Singh.

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The town is a hub of ancient mosques and temples and many monumental structures. The Kalpi fort with 9-feet thick walls, Chaurasi Gumbad(84 domes) with its architectural geniuses, the 225 ft high Lanka tower built from Cowries, pulses and saffron and Shree Darwaza are the main attractions.

Besides its rich untold history Kalpi also has reserved ravine forests and rich fauna. Peacocks form a major part of wildlife here. A marked territory of land is also said to house poisonous snakes and peacocks. Kalpi is one of those places where black magic is still followed. Owing to excellent observational conditions, Kalpi was one of the places from where scientists from all over India observed the total solar eclipse of 24th October, 1995.

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Today, Kalpi has become a major handmade industry of north India and is also famous for its food especially its “Gabadde ka Halwa “made by boiling milk in a thick bottomed pan.

With its rich history, flora and fauna, and sweet delicacies Kalpi is one place worthy of due attention.

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